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Fans Upset Over Netflix's Squid Game: The Challenge Cash Prize Amid Company Layoffs

The new reality competition series will have a $4.56 million cash prize, the largest in TV history.
  • Oh Young-soo in Squid Game (Photo: Noh Juhan/Netflix)
    Oh Young-soo in Squid Game (Photo: Noh Juhan/Netflix)

    Squid Game fans aren't too happy that Netflix has greenlit a Squid Game reality competition series based on the dystopian drama.

    After the news broke Tuesday, many Twitter users pointed out the irony that Netflix can afford to pay contestants $4.56 million, the largest cash prize in reality TV history, but recently laid off 150 employees.

    Others noted that Netflix completely missed the point of the original series in creating the real-life competition. As one user wrote, "Have the people at Netflix watched Squid Game?"

    Squid Game follows 456 desperate contestants competing in a deadly game of survival in hopes of winning $45.6 billion. The drama ultimately suggests that capitalism drives people into desperate situations, where they are forced to pay with their lives for the entertainment of a select few at the top, and a slim chance at a better life.

    Just like the original series, Squid Game: The Challenge will see 456 contestants compete for a chance at the multi-million dollar prize — but this time, they won't be risking their lives along the way.

    Squid Game Season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix. The drama was renewed for a second season last week.

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    Deena ElGenaidi's writing has been featured in Nylon, MTV News, Insider, The AV Club, and more. You can follow her on Twitter @deenaelg.

    TOPICS: Squid Game: The Challenge, Netflix, Squid Game